Iron Man 3 Now The Fifth-Highest-Grossing Movie Of All Time
James Cameron and Marvel Studios have an iron grip on the modern box office. Over the weekend, Marvels latest installment in its ever-growing Cinematic Universe — Iron Man 3 — surpassed Michael Bays Transformers: Dark of the Moon to become the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time, according to BoxOfficeMojos worldwide charts.
Shane Blacks Iron Man sequel has earned an estimated $1.18 billion in worldwide ticket sales. It joins Marvels The Avengers, which sits at number three on the all-time charts with $1.51 billion. Can the third Iron Man surpass Joss Whedons ensemble drama? Probably not, but it has a decent shot at toppling the fourth-highest grossing movie, which — for the time being is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Watch your back, though, Boy Wizard. You only have $1.3 billion in the bank, and thats chump change for Tony Stark and his armored alter ego.
And then theres Cameron, who against all possible odds has the top two highest-grossing movies of all time in Avatar and Titanic. I dont care how many times you tell me, I still cant comprehend that Cameron beat his own box office record with Avatar, having each movie cross the $2 billion mark. Impossible except, it happened.
Will this keep happening, though? Can Thor: The Dark World do the same business as Iron Man 3? While I think crowds love Marvel movies, I think Iron Man benefitted from being the first summer blockbuster of 2013. Cameron, however, has a chance at duplicating his success with the Avatar sequels if he ever manages to get them out.